Aren’t blueberries just amazing? Last weekend, my parents and I went blueberry picking at a farm nearby. The result was almost six kilos of delicious, fresh berries, and the picking was great fun too. Most of all, it made me realize how blueberries are quite underrated sometimes. So I think it is time to dedicate some posts to these delicious, wonderful bits of fruit.
Going to the pick-your-own farm was an nice trip in itself. Upon arrival, it was overwhelming to see all of the lovely flowers and luscious greens. Even though we did not go into the flower-picking garden, the feeling of richness was all around. The sweetness in the air, the colours, the buzzing of insects, all perfectly summery.
And then the berries! Rows and rows of bushes. All filled with heaps of mouth-watering blueberries.
Which was just a well, since there were more people who had had the idea to go berry picking. I can’t say it was crowded, but there certainly were quite a lot of people on the grounds. Some of them picking at random, others working more thorough, but all enjoying the sunny day and the delicious berries.
It was really rather funny to hear the shards of conversations while walking along the bushes. Because of the high bushes, everyone felt very secluded and talked freely with their companions. So sometimes you’d catch a bit of a conversation about a prickly situation at work, sometimes love issues, and sometimes a heated discussion about what to have for dinner. Oh, and going on about food, every group of people came back to talking about eating once in a while, especially berry eating of course. I have heard at least four different groups decide that they were going to have yoghurt with berries for deserts that night, no kidding!
We didn’t have yoghurt and berries for deserts. But I did use them in my oatmeal the next morning. Yum!
Here is the recipe, it’s so easy, you can still make this while you are half asleep!
Perfectly Simple Blueberry Oatmeal (serves one)
What you will need:
- Eight tablespoons of rolled oats
- Two tablespoons of rye flakes (optional, but I like them to keep me feeling satisfied longer)
- About 150 ml of your favourite milk
- A handful of fresh blueberries
- A tablespoon of maple syrup (or slightly less, depending on your taste)
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of cinnamon (or two pinches, or three…)
- Combine grains and milk in a small saucepan, put on medium heat.
- Wait till it comes to a soft boil, then turn the heat down a bit.
- If most of the milk is absorbed, add the salt, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Then stir in the berries as well.
- Let the berries warm up in about half a minute, then transfer the oatmeal to a bowl.
- Add a splash of milk for serving and enjoy!
Note: sometimes the skins of the berries can come loose in cooking. You will then suddenly find white berries in your oatmeal. Don’t worry, that happens, it’s still perfectly edible!
Next time: blueberry cake for one